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I've had 8 chicks die my first week...what am i doing wrong.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jerry2009, May 27, 2010.

  1. jerry2009

    jerry2009 In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2008
    Im 19 years years old and i just got back from college ...Ive been waiting for summer to come along because i get to take a break from school and go back home and spend the summer raising chicks...i got my order from ideal last week....around 40 or so...partridge silkies...heavy pullets..cochins standards and bantam..and for the first time two ducks..ive raised chicks all my life and have placed countless orders over the year..however i have never had so many chicks die on the first week as i have had now and im freaking out...i feel like im doing what ive always done ..and have never had problems before..

    one was blind and died..
    4 runts died ... even when i gave them special attention..
    one went missing....
    a RIR pullet suddenly died...
    silkie died...no apparent reason as well...

    i Feel like a failure...what was suppose to be a break from school is turning into a nightmare...

  2. mcharles13

    mcharles13 In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Personally i'd change out everything and thoroughly clean the brooder, water supply, food supply, etc.

    Also possibly bad bag of feed?

  3. It sounds like you are doing everything you've done before. Check out everything to see if something is different, and yes, clean everything in a bucket of water with 1/4 cup of bleach. Good luck! [​IMG]
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hmm, the only different thing I've noticed is you're keeping two ducks.....I'm grasping at straws but could that be it? Do you have them all together? I'd clean everything thoroughly, like the others suggested, and separate the ducks from the chicks.

    Sooooo, have you got it set at just the right temp? Not too hot, not too cold?

    Are you using pine shavings for their bedding?

    Clean water twice daily?

    What kind of food? Could the food be a bad batch? (That's possible.)

    These are things that are just running through my mind......hope it helps.

    Maybe this batch just had a rough time in shipping too......

    I would also provide them with some vitamins/electrolites in their drinking water.....that may help. I personally don't do this, but some people put antibiotics in new chick's water. I've only ever used duramayacin for a sick hen once.......

    Good luck to you! Chin up!
  5. Providing enough...but not too much....heat??
  6. jerry2009

    jerry2009 In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2008
    Thanks for all the advice!!![​IMG]...i cleaned up everything...got new feed...separated the ducklings..cleaned the brooder.. yet i still had another silkie chick just die this morning:(..ive never ordered 50 chicks before..so im gussing the more chicks you get the higher your loses..my total loss has gone up to 9 so far...the temperature is fine..i dunno i guess this last order of chicks turned out to be a bunch of wimps..[​IMG]...
  7. lorieMN

    lorieMN Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    I have had more die then usual this year also,,and I am not doing anything different then I have done for many years..I chalk it up to just a crappy year for chicks..I actually had 2 broodies,one hatched out 7 the other only 2 out of 15 eggs each..so I guess I am doing better incubating them myself,and these two hens have hatched many before..

  8. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I don't think that it is the number of chicks. I have orderd and had shipped 80 chicks this year, and besides the 2 DOA all of the others have survived.

    When you had your ducks with the chicks, was the bedding getting real wet? Chicks can not take getting wet and cold.

    Other that that, i don't know what it could be. Do you have a lab where you can have one of the dead chicks tested?
    Last edited: May 27, 2010
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Too crowded maybe?
  10. jerry2009

    jerry2009 In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2008
    the only suspision i have is that somehow...since ducks tend to get sick with to much water...i have been talking out the water fountain thing occasionally throught the day...maybe too much dry feed is some how getting the chicks sick or not allowing them to pass the food ...maybe its a digesting problem...i separated the ducks already so hopefully the death toll stops...

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